Easy outfit ideas for those days you need them

By Carly Fuller

You are in a rush and open your closet, trying to quickly dress and get out the door. You “have nothing to wear” and throw on whatever is clean. The problem is you spend the rest of your day thinking about your less-than-inspired outfit and wondering why you thought it was a good idea to pair your top and pants but then really wonder what you were thinking pairing them both with those shoes. It makes you long for your sweatpants and starting the day over. We’ve all had those days, but what can we do about it?

Find a thrifted outfit or two that makes you feel good every time you wear it, even on days you’re so scattered that you don’t know how you got your shoes on the right feet. We have a few easy outfit ideas with great pieces to make as your go-tos for days when you want to pull your hair out.

Casual gray dress

A simple gray dress is the unsung hero of any closet because it has two things going for it. Gray matches with any color in your closet and it’s a dress, so it’s an outfit all on its own and that means EASY. You really don’t need to find anything to match or pair it with unless you want to. If you still feel the need to add something to it, pull on some leggings and black boots and you are done. Can it get any easier? We like this dress from BCBGeneration. Other styling options: pair it with your favorite cargo jacket, jean jacket or cardigan, a pendent necklace and booties and you will look stylish and put together even after the craziest morning.

Statement top

Find yourself a top that speaks for itself. This top doesn’t need anything added to it like a scarf or necklace to complete the outfit. Maybe it has an embroidery or attention-grabbing print like this one from LOFT. Maybe it’s the silhouette of the top that makes it stand out because you look and feel great in it. Whatever it is, recognize it and note it as a go-to. To complete your easy outfit, pair it with your favorite black pants and booties and you’re out the door looking like a stylist created your look.


What’s better than a head-turning easy outfit that is comfy, warm and covers the right places? Get yourself a poncho, friends! This one from Apt. 9 still has tags attached and is the perfect mix of colors to pair with your skinny jeans and wedge booties or even dress pants. Slip it on over a solid-colored long-sleeve and your outfit looks trendy and well-planned but couldn’t get much easier.

Simple sweater and favorite jeans

Your favorite jeans are your favorite for a reason. You love the fit, color and feel. Why not turn to them in days of need? We would pair jeans with a beautiful sweater, like this one from Style & Co. Again, the sweater is enough to make a statement on its own because it has great detailing like the layered bell sleeves and mock turtleneck, which is trendy right now. You really don’t need to add anything else to the outfit but a pair of boots. This easy outfit will work well for casual office days. If you want to dress it up a bit, you could just simply swap out the shoes for a pair of heels and add some statement earrings.

About Goodwill: Goodwill NCW is a not-for-profit human services organization that in 2017 helped improve the lives of more than 70,000 people across 35 counties in north central Wisconsin. Goodwill NCW is one of four companies in the nation to be honored with a Platinum Well Workplace Award from the Wellness Council of America, which recognizes our commitment to wellness in the workplace. The organization includes 27 retail stores and training centers in communities from Manitowoc to La Crosse, 24 human services programs, a unique shopping experience at its Appleton outlet store, plus online shopping at, a women’s apparel website, and It offers four Donation Express sites and 10 convenient donation bins throughout the Fox Cities. Goodwill NCW is a Platinum Level member of, the world’s largest source of nonprofit organization information. Visit


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